'Is Russia Winning China Too?' will be the $6,000 question in New York

This unusual-looking artwork will be among the unique lots in Swann's auction of historic posters, taking place in New York on August 4.

By Joseph C Leyendecker (1874-1951), the cover art, made during the artist's later years, is titled Is Russia Winning China Too?

Dated to 1939 and measuring 28 x 21 ¾ inches (or 71 x 55 cm), the work was originally commissioned by America's bimonthly newspaper the Saturday Evening Post.  

Leyendecker's cover for the Saturday Evening Post, in 1939

According the Swann, the poster has some minor creases, yet nevertheless remains a fascinating historic relic of ongoing relations between Russia and the US.

It will auction with an estimate of $4,000-6,000.

Leyendecker was one of America's pre-eminent illustrators during the early 20th century's "Gold Age of American Illustration."

Between 1896 and 1950, the artist painted more than 400 magazine covers, and his work became solidly identified - and an integral part of - the Saturday Evening Post.


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